Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Camping Equipment and all Clothing

Camping Equipment and all Clothing Tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc. Riding clothing, boots, helmets, what to wear when not riding, etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 22 Jul 2010
joburghawk's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 10
Vango Beta 350 / 450

Beta 350 | Tents | Vango

I used a Vango Beta 350 for 3 years on numerous motorcycle camping trips and cannot fault the build quality (it is a Vango after all) or the design. This is a VERY spacious tent with a useful porch area for storing panniers and wet gear, and the 3-pole tunnel design is easy for one person to pitch quickly - particularly after the first pitch, if you keep the inner and outer together so they can be pitched 'as one' next time.

Overall the Beta is an excellent tent which I would heartily recommend to motorcyclists. It is available in 2/3/4 person versions (labelled 250/350/450), although I would suggest going up one size to make room for your gear - I found the 350 a bit big for solo motorcycling camping trips, so I have just downsized from the 350 to a 250 - note that I didn't even bother looking at other brands or designs, I just went straight for another Vango - they really are that good!

The Betas also pack up small, and strap easily onto e.g. the top of one of my 'Pooratech' ammo box panniers.

Reply With Quote
Old 22 Jul 2010
joburghawk's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 10
Oops..forgot to mention cookers...

I have an old oval ex-army Trangia which has served me well, but I couldn't resist a cheap copy of the more common round Trangia kit, which Lidl sell now and then at a fraction of the Trangia price!

The only drawback is that I have to carry a supply of meths, but in reality a 500ml bottle goes quite a long way.

I also keep a small hexamine stove in my panniers, in case I want a quick cuppa...

Reply With Quote
Old 23 Jul 2010
Selous's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: England
Posts: 420
Originally Posted by joburghawk View Post
I also keep a small hexamine stove in my panniers, in case I want a quick cuppa...Jo
I love the smell of Hexi in the Morning. lol
We are the Pilgrims, Master, we shall go Always a little further: it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, Across that angry or that glimmering sea.
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Jul 2010
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Aus. Qld. Mackay
Posts: 384

I have 2 tents one is Coleman Phad 3man tent that we use in Winter (Pictured) and the other is a Mutta Hubba 3man which is good for summer, in my opinion the Coleman is better made ! We use a Coleman dual fuel stove as well and it has never missed a beat.
Attached Thumbnails
3 Man Tent Suggestion & cooker-camping.jpg  

....rather Die Living.....than Live Dying !
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Jul 2010
stuxtttr's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lutterworth,Midlands, UK
Posts: 470
Kyam Biker Tent - seems to tick all your boxes so to speak.

Stove hmm whisperlight is good if a little messy.

how bout a nice little gas stove
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheap/small petrol cooker maxwell123455 Camping Equipment and all Clothing 22 10 Oct 2007 15:42
where to go? open to suggestion zenbiker Route Planning 6 19 Jan 2004 18:04
Suggestion Julio Website Feedback 18 30 Aug 2002 07:46
Suggestion . El Penguino Website Feedback 5 3 Aug 2002 23:54
Cooker cross Africa! javier Equipment Reviews 1 15 Aug 2001 05:08


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 16:31.